Mass media informings about project activities regarding the Halting the expansion of invasive plant species in the Mureș Floodplain Natural Park
Arad, April 2017
On April 4, 2017, the closing conference of the project “Stopping the Extension of Invasive Plant Species in Lunca Mures – Natural Park – SESIL” is taking place. The event is organized at Hotel Central Arad, starting at 10:30.
The project “Stopping the Extension of Invasive Plant Species in Lunca Mureşului – SESIL Natural Park” had an eligible budget of 400,000 Euros was financed by the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism, based on the Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Iceland, the Principality Liechtenstein, the Kingdom of Norway and the Government of Romania.
This project is part of the RO 02 Program “Biodiversity and ecosystem services” and has as promoter the Natural Park Administration of the Mureş Meadow, and as partners “Aurel Vlaicu” University Arad and Arad Development Center Association.
The objectives of the Project were:
• Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the negative effects on the agro-forest ecosystems and the habitats of community interest generated by the extension of the invasive plant species in the Lunca Mureş Natural Park;
• Rehabilitation of agro-ecosystems in the Lunca Mureş Natural Park affected by the worrying spread of invasive plant species, especially Amorpha fruticosa (dwarf acacia);
• Awareness of the public about the negative effects of expanding invasive plant species and practicing intensive farming, to the detriment of sustainable agriculture.
The Project Coverage Area was: Lunca Mureş Natural Park, within the Arad, Pecica, Semlac, Şeitin, Nadlac, Zădăreni, Felnac, Secusigiu, Periam, Saravale, Sânnicolau Mare and Cenad.
Under the project, the following were achieved or purchased:
• A GIS database, which includes the field distribution of invasive plant species from the Lunca Mures Natural Park;
• A strategy / work plan for combating and preventing the installation of invasive plant species in the protected area;
• Agricultural land rehabilitated and released by the invasive species Amorpha fruticosa. The land has been restored to the agricultural circuit and, through sustainable exploitation, will restore its ecosystem potential;
• A tractor and agricultural equipment necessary for the execution of the works for combating and preventing the installation of invasive plant species (forest milling, scarifier, plug, disc, mechanical mower) – have been purchased and used in the project implementation;
• A web page where the project, the sponsor, the partnership, the project objectives, the proposed actions, the results of the project, sesil.eu, along with a social media account were presented, attracting more than 2500 users
• 12 Local Community Awareness Meetings informing the population about the importance of combating invasive species and how the local population, especially field owners, can be actively involved in combating these plants.
• A documentary film;
• Promotional promotional materials;
A scientific symposium in which the results of the project were disseminated in the academic environment.
Echoes in the Press:
SESIL symposium – Halting the expansion of invasive plant species in the Mureș Floodplain Natural Park
Wishing to disseminate the project results regarding the expansion halting of invasive species of plants in Mureş Floodplain Natural Park, the project with the same name, financed by Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA) program RO02 Biodiversity and ecosystem services, with the project promoter Administration Floodplain Natural Park Mures, partner 1 University “Aurel Vlaicu” of Arad and partner 2 Arad Development Center, was held in Arad on March 23, 2017 in the conference room of the University “Aurel Vlaicu” Arad a scientific symposium .
They expressed interest in numerous specialists in biodiversity conservation: Hungarian National Park “Cris-Mures”, Scientific Council of Mures Floodplain Natural Park, Advisory Board Mures Floodplain Natural Park, Forestry Department of Timis County, Forestry Department of Arad County, National Research Institute & Development in Forestry “Marin Dracea”, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Banat, King Michael I of Romania Timisoara, West University of Timisoara, West University “Vasile Goldis”, Arad County Environmental Protection Agency, Timis County Agency Environmental Protection, Guard Environment – Commissioner Arad County, Environmental Guard – Timis County Commission, Excelsior Association Arad, Propark – Foundation for protected areas. The Ministry of Environment – Biodiversity Directorate was present in Arad by . Roxana Ionescu.
In the afternoon of the same day the project team together with the guests traveled to the field to see a working demonstration of agricultural machinery in order to release land by invasive plants and to put into practice the principles of sustainable agriculture.
On 29 October 2015 conference was held to launch the project “Halting the expansion of invasive species of plants in the Mureș Floodplain Natural Park – SESIL“. The event was held at Hotel Central Arad, from 11:00.
With support from the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009 -2914, based on the Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the Government of Romania, Mureș Floodplain Natural Park Administration receive a grant of 999 790 EURO.
This funding is granted for a period of 8 months starting in September 2015 bound for implementation of the project ” Halting the expansion of invasive species of plants in the Mureș Floodplain Natural Park – SESIL “.
This project part of the program RO 02 “Biodiversity and ecosystem services” and its the promoter is Mureș Floodplain Natural Park Administration, and as partners “Aurel Vlaicu” University of Arad and Association Arad Development Center.
Project objectives are:
– Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the negative effects on ecosystems and agro-forestry habitats of community interest arising from the expansion of invasive species of plants in the Mureș Floodplain Natural Park;
– The rehabilitation of agro-ecosystems in Mures Floodplain Natural Park alarming expansion affected by the invasive plant species, particularly Amorpha fruticosa (dwarf acacia);
– Consciousness of the public about the negative effects of invasive species of plants and expansion of intensive agriculture to the detriment of development.
Coverage of the project is:
The administrative territory of Arad and Timis counties, lower meadow of the Mures River, across localities Arad, Pecica, Semlac, Seitin, Nădlac, Zădăreni, Felnac, Secusigiu, Periam, Saravale Sânnicolau Mare and Cenad.
At the end of the project will be, among other things, achieved:
– A GIS database, which will include land distribution in invasive species of plants in the Mureș Floodplain Natural Park;
– A strategy / action plan for combating and preventing the onset of invasive plant species in the protected area;
– At least 100 hectares of land acquired and rehabilitated affected or likely to be affected by the presence of invasive species of plants and intensive agriculture;
– A tractor and agricultural equipment required to carry out combating and preventing installation of invasive plant species;
– A web page that will be presented the project funder, partnership, project objectives, the proposed actions, the project results;
– 12 meetings for local communities’ awareness;
– A scientific symposium organized by the University Aurel Vlaicu.
Land abandonment by their failure to be cultivated and an ongoing maintenance, leads to installation and extension in an alarming way of invasive plant species that gradually eliminate local plants. In this context, intervention of Mures Floodplain Natural Park Administration to halt or decrease, this phenomenon is absolutely necessary.